- An excerpt from Loss of Faith in America by Jim Nelson Black
The greatest ongoing tragedy of this or any generation is the crisis of abortion in America. Since 1972 there have been over *56 million abortions performed in America. That is more than 1,350,000 abortions every year, and they are often done after the first trimester. Late-term abortions and partial-birth abortion are no longer rare. Even the American Medical Association has said that partial-birth abortions are “never medically necessary,” yet some 5,000 times a year in this country, this procedure takes the life of a viable child. After his legs have been delivered, the abortionist kills the infant by puncturing the skull and sucking out the baby’s brains. We can only wonder how God can ever forgive a nation that perpetuates such crimes against humanity.
The Declaration of Independence declares that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” yet we allow that guarantee of liberty to be violated in the most gruesome ways imaginable. Francis Schaeffer once said that the right to life is more fundamental and more basic than the right to liberty or the pursuit of happiness. Without life, nothing else matters. The horror that has been unleashed on America (and in the world) in the name of “a woman’s right to choose” is nothing less than the “American Holocaust.” In Germany, the Nazis killed more than six million Jews, Poles, Christians, and other “undesirables” during the Second World War. In America, *56 million innocent children have been slaughtered. And for what?
To complete the circle of this discussion, it will help to remember the context in which the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision was handed down, back in 1973. Having just passed through the sixties, the moral values, traditions,and laws that had governed Western civilization for two thousand years had been jettisoned in barely one decade. It was in that moral vacuum that the Court acted to provide what they felt was a solution to the problems created by the new immorality in America. As D. James Kennedy has said, “The sin which was engendered in the sexual revolution was to be covered up by the abortion revolution. Thus began the parade of the dead.”
Dr. Kennedy adds: "Today those aborted babies would be graduating from high school, choosing colleges, beginning new careers. But one out of every four of them is not here. If you watched a graduation ceremony this past year, you should know that every fourth place should have been occupied by a cap and gown that was empty, for that child was not there—not there to be valedictorian, not there to become a doctor, a lawyer, a minister, or whatever their destiny might have been—perhaps President of the United States."
*updated to 56 million from 41 million when this was originally written